I feel cheated by Google

Google 的貼牌冰箱(Google refrigerator)
Image by Aray Chen via Flickr

I got to this post through a fellow blogger, and you can read all about it in my technical blog here. Listen to the video below first before I go about whay I fele this is so serious.

However it is an important topic that I do want to make it available to many people, and as much as I can. This video tells us about what companies like Google and Facebook are doing and how they are writing algorithms so that we get to see based on what we have seen in the past and not really showing us what else exists.

While I see that as a valuable asset, it limits the possibilities where we can know more about something. So, if I am not following world disasters, does that mean if something happens around the world which is a big one I should not know about it. At least they should tell me that I am not seeing that data and it is out there. My concern is not I am getting personalized data, but that I was not made aware that the data is being filtered out. I believe in Google, yahoo news and so many others and noticed that I was getting information on the web, but it seemed I was not and they are not telling me.

I feel cheated. Google should know better and give me an option to select what I want to see – personalized or not. They can not take away my right to information based on how I have been browsing.


I do not have copyrights on the Video, it is courtesy Ted.com

I am the author of my life

I saw a friend of mine update his GTalk status to:

“I am the author of my life. Unfortunately, I am writing in pen and I cant erase my mistakes”.

For some time now, I have been thinking to start writing about what I have been thinking about a few topics below but never got to do it; kind of lazy. I guess I start here and now.

  • Destiny vs. Coincidence;
  • Karma vs. Luck;
  • Process of life vs. Life;
  • Journey vs. Destination

Coming back to the quote my friend shared – I do not care if we write in pen or pencil – we just write and there are no mistakes.

Everything that we think is wrong is not wrong, it is destined to happen because of our Karma from previous life or this life (I will come to it). The important thing is that as we draw out our life, it is important to read the book we are writing or else we do not know what else we can try and see what the results can be. I read someplace – “Remember there are no mistakes, only lessons”.

The GTalk status has a negativity attached to it and if we think like that then we are already in the zone of dead and we wont live life, we will constantly think about fixing what is “supposedly” wrong. I do not like that attitude in life, or at least have started to dislike it over due course.